Pastichio
 
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Pastichio is a food of love – what I would describe as a Greek version of lasagna.
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Recipe type: Main Dishes
Cuisine: Greek
Serves: 6-8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 lb small penne pasta, cooked according to package directions - minus 2 minutes
  • 4 Tb extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 onion
  • 1 lb ground beef or bison
  • 1 can (15 oz) fire roasted, diced tomatoes
  • 1 Tb tomato paste
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 Tb parsley
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup white or pink wine (such as a white zinfandel)
  • 1 stick (1/2 c) unsalted butter
  • ½ cup flour
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1½ cup crumbled feta cheese, divided
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 4 egg whites
Instructions
  1. To begin, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Start a pot of water to cook a pound of small penne pasta in. Cook this pasta when the water comes to a boil, but cook the pasta 2 minutes less than you would for al dente. When it is finished, drain it in a colander and drizzle with a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil.
  3. Meanwhile, dice an onion and cook it in a skillet with 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. When it is slightly tender, add in a pound of ground beef or bison. Cook until the meat is browned and no longer pink, breaking up the chunks of meat with your utensil.
  4. Add in the fire roasted diced tomatoes, tomato paste, sea salt, black pepper, parsley and cinnamon.
  5. Pour in the wine. Stir this all together, cover and let it cook on medium heat.
  6. While that is cooking together, in a saucepan, melt the stick of unsalted butter.
  7. When it is melted, add in the flour, and whisk them together. Let them cook and bubble over medium heat for just a minute.
  8. Add in the milk. Stirring continually, bring this to a gentle boil. Let it bubble for a minute and turn off the heat.
  9. Add in ½ cup of feta cheese and ⅓ cup of grated Parmesan. Stir until the cheeses are melted in. Set this aside for a moment, but give it a little stir every couple minutes.
  10. About now, your pasta should be cooked. Don’t forget to drizzle it with the extra virgin olive oil when you drain it in the colander. Give it a stir and leave it be for now.
  11. In a mixing bowl, beat the egg whites until fluffy but not stiff.
  12. Spread half of your cooked pasta in an oiled 9×13 baking dish.
  13. Spread the beaten egg whites over the top of the pasta.
  14. Sprinkle ½ cup of feta cheese and ⅓ cup of grated Parmesan cheese over the top of the egg whites.
  15. Spread your meat sauce over the top of this.
  16. Top with the other half of the pasta, then pour your creamy sauce all over the top.
  17. Finish off with another ½ cup of feta, and ⅓ cup of Parmesan.
  18. Bake uncovered for 40-50 minutes, or until the top is golden with brown spots. Be sure not to burn it. Let it cool for 10-15 minutes before serving.Enjoy!
Recipe by Cosmopolitan Cornbread at https://cosmopolitancornbread.com/pastichio/